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Organisms, Objects, and Events

Organisms, Objects, and Events

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world. 

Essential Understanding

The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations. 

Science Background

What is Inquiry Science Teaching? BioEd Online (video) – Nancy Moreno, PhD, explains how to use questions and investigations to guide your students' science learning.

What is Inquiry Science Teaching?
BioEd Online,

It’s Time for More Early Childhood Science: National Science Teachers Association (website) - Primary age students are naturally inquisitive and uninhibited by science content, the perfect age to begin teaching science.

It’s Time for More Early Childhood Science
National Science Teachers Association,

Signature Lesson

Need or Want: BioEd Online (website) – The students ask questions as they learn to distinguish between the basic survival requirements of human beings ("needs") and things that are not essential for life ("wants").

Need or Want
BioEd Online,

Supporting Lessons

Are You a Frog? (website) – Students will compare themselves to a frog based on own observations after they are guided to ask as many questions as they can based on their observations.

Are You a Frog?

Grow Tree Seedlings: (website) - Scroll down to the second experiment.  Students ask questions as they gather seeds and grow 2 or 3 plants and observe and record their growth.

Grow Tree Seedlings

3, 2, 1 Lift Off - Simple Rocket Science, Activity 4 page 21-24: NASA (PDF) - Ask questions and perform a simple science experiment to show how rockets work.

3, 2, 1 Lift Off-More Rocket Science

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Make Clean Water: (website) Students ask and answer questions as they turn dirty muddy water into clean water by filtering it through gravel and sand.

Make Clean Water

Animals’ Needs: BioEd Online (website) – Ask questions as you observe and compare candy “gummy worms” to live worms. They create worm terrariums and examine evidence that a worm is a living organism that has basic needs, including air, water, food and a place to be.

Animals’ Needs
BioEd Online,

Assessment Ideas

Have students take a look at 5 objects in their own room and another 5 objects or products from the kitchen at home. Tell them to make a list asking themselves if each object or product is basic for survival “need” or not essential to keep them alive “want.” 

Literature Connections

Scientists Ask Questions, Garrett, Ginger, ISBN-13: 978-0516246628

What is Science?, Dotlich, Rebecca Kai, ISBN-13: 978-0805073942

The Kids’ Book of Questions, Stock, Gregory, ISBN-13: 978-0761135951 

Related Science TEKS

(K.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(K.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(K.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations. 

Related Math TEKS

K.13B Solve problems with guidance that incorporates the processes of understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness.

 K.15A Justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology. 

Additional Resources

How to Teach Science Activities: (website) – This article describes simple teaching techniques which can engage and motivate students in science education and activities.

How to Teach Science Activities

Needs of Plants: BioEd Online (website) - Ask questions and make observations as you rrow radish seeds and learn about the needs of a plant and its life cycle.

Needs of Plants
BioEd Online,

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